King County honors Issaquah’s green schools

June 22, 2010

By Staff

Issaquah School District schools are lean and green and were honored for being so by King County officials.

King County’s executive, Dow Constantine, and the Department of Natural Resources and Parks honored 65 schools June 14 for their conservation work as part of the county’s Green Schools Program, according to a press release.

Liberty High School, Maywood and Beaver Lake middle schools and Clark, Endeavour and Newcastle elementary schools were each honored.

Since its inception in 2003, the Green Schools Program has helped more than 400 schools provide hands-on assistance and education to put new recycling techniques in action which help save the environment and schools money.

There are two levels of awards county officials gave to Issaquah Schools.

The first level represents schools that have entered the program and initiated or improved their recycling programs by focusing on waste reduction strategies. The second level awards go to schools who also engage in energy conservation techniques, like turning off lights in unoccupied rooms, changing out lighting and water systems for ones with better efficiencies.

The Issaquah schools honored in the first level were Liberty, Beaver Lake, Clark, Endeavour and Newcastle. Maywood was honored at the second level.

Surrounding districts, like Snoqualmie Valley School District also earned level one and level two awards for their conservation efforts and the Tahoma School District became the first school district to be recognized as a King County Green School District.

In all, 34 schools were recognized at the first level and 30 for the level two.

The simple steps schools can take, such as recycling and setting aside food scraps for collection, add up to big benefits. In fact, hundreds of schools countywide now recycle between 40 percent and 70 percent of their solid waste and more than 60 schools recycle food scraps, the release said.

For information about the program, and resources go here.

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